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Alaska tribe establishes Sitka lab to test shellfish for biotoxins

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has set up an environmental research and testing lab in Sitka and plans to begin testing local shellfish for biotoxins this spring. There has reportedly been some concern about the distance and turnaround time to have locally harvested shellfish tested in Anchorage by the state, which currently operates the only FDA-certified lab in… Continue Reading

California Updates Warning About Domoic Acid in Some Shellfish Species

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is updating its warning to consumers regarding certain seafood species caught along the California coastline which may contain high levels of domoic acid. There have been no reported illnesses associated with this event. Advisories continue to be in place for: Consumers to avoid eating recreationally and commercially caught Dungeness… Continue Reading

‘Dangerous’ Domoic Acid Levels Prompt Seafood Warning in California

Due to “dangerous levels” of domoic acid found in some species, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines, or the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab taken from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Department officials… Continue Reading

Seafood Safety 101: Vibrio in Shellfish

(This article by Liz Bradshaw, a postdoctoral research scholar in NoroCORE, the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education based at NC State, is the fifth in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization celebrated World Health Day, focusing this year on food safety. The first article in the series can be found here, the second… Continue Reading

Protect Yourself From Shellfish-Related Illnesses This Summer

Food-safety tips for West Coast shellfish gatherers

Warm weather and low tides are good for harvesting shellfish, but nice weather is also ideal for naturally occurring bacteria to multiply, raising the risk of illness, warns the Washington State Department of Health. For that reason, food-safety officials in Washington state, California and Oregon advise shellfish gatherers and consumers to follow summertime health advice… Continue Reading

Update: Consumers Warned About Toxins in Fish, Crab From Two CA Counties

(April 29 update: This warning has been expanded to include crab.) The California Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught anchovy, sardines, or crab taken from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. According to CDPH, dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in some of these… Continue Reading

Shellfish Products Recalled in Ireland After Illnesses Reported

Seafood De La Mer, an Irish seafood-product manufacturer, is recalling products containing mussels due to a risk that mussels used in the products can cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning. Symptoms of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain which can start between 30 minutes to a few hours after ingestion and last for… Continue Reading

Marks & Spencer Recalls Mussels After UK Illnesses

British retailer Marks & Spencer is recalling three mussel-based food products after illnesses were reported in the U.K. All packs of the following products haven been removed from sale and are being recalled from customers: M&S Mussels in Garlic Unique code: 00604819 & 00929189 “Use by” date: all dates M&S Mussels in White Wine Unique code:… Continue Reading

BC Health Warning Expanded to Oysters

Canada’s public health warning issued on October 15 for raw mussels has been expanded to include raw in-shell oysters and shucked oysters distributed by various shellfish processors in British Columbia. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to serve or consume the raw in-shell oysters or shucked oysters described below because… Continue Reading